The Moment of Everything

Finished The Moment of Everything by Shelly King.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In the tradition of The Cookbook Collector comes a funny, romantic novel about a young woman finding her calling while saving a used bookstore.

Maggie Duprès, recently “involuntarily separated from payroll” at a Silicon Valley start-up, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly’s Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along.

When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance — even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a book she hasn’t encountered since college, in an evening. But the edition she finds at the bookstore is no Penguin Classics Chatterley — it’s an ancient hardcover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. What Maggie finds in her search for the lovers and their fate, and what she learns about herself in the process, will surprise and move readers.

Witty and sharp-eyed in its treatment of tech world excesses, but with real warmth at its core, The Moment of Everything is a wonderful read.”

This is a book for people who love books.  (And also a book for people who like love stories.)

Maggie is at loose ends after losing her job at a tech startup.  She spends her time hanging out in a local bookstore, reading romance novels. She wants to get a new job, one she’s passionate about, but before then, she’s fine killing time reading bodice-rippers.

And then she stumbles into a real-life love story.  A used copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover has notes in the margin from Henry to Catherine (and vice versa).  But who are they? And what happened to them? Are they still together?

Maggie becomes obsessed with them and thinks they may be the key to making the used bookstore profitable.

I found the Henry and Catherine parts so fascinating.  I love the idea of a conversation in margins of books (although I don’t really like the idea of people writing in books because NO*) and was also really interested** in seeing if we could learn who they were and if they fell in  love in real life, too.

This was a fast, interesting read.

* = yes, I contain multitudes.  Shut up.

** = OKAY, I was obsessed like Maggie, fine


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